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The Resource The lion and the mouse : and other Aesop's fables, retold by Doris Orgel ; illustrated by Bert Kitchen

The lion and the mouse : and other Aesop's fables, retold by Doris Orgel ; illustrated by Bert Kitchen

Label
The lion and the mouse : and other Aesop's fables
Title
The lion and the mouse
Title remainder
and other Aesop's fables
Statement of responsibility
retold by Doris Orgel ; illustrated by Bert Kitchen
Title variation
  • Lion & the mouse
  • lion and the mouse
Title variation remainder
and other Aesops fables
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Presents twelve brief animal tales with specific morals which are attributed to a wise Greek slave
Review
  • K-Gr 4-Pairing a master of lifelike animal illustration with an expert reteller of ancient Greek folklore and mythology results in a strikingly attractive volume that should find a place in every collection. In addition to such widely known fables as "The Mice and the Cat (Belling the Cat)" and "The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf," lesser-known tales such as "The Lion and the Man" and "The Monkey and the Dolphin" have been included. Each of the 12 selections is presented on a double-page spread illustrated by a beautifully detailed watercolor accompanied by elegant, large typography and surrounded by white space and a narrow color border. Orgel's brief retellings, which use short sentences and simple language, are suitable for reading aloud. Her omission of morals at the end of the fables may trouble some purists but also makes this volume particularly well suited to discussion. Side boxes with small illustrations and brief snippets of information about life in Aesop's era add additional interest, as does the introduction to fables and Aesop. An excellent choice for any collection.- Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • An even dozen of Aesop's fables round out this volume, which ultimately misses the mark. Orgel's (We Goddesses) retellings, spirited and brisk, engage readers' attention quickly and maintain a lively pace. Her introduction provides background and historical context for the tales. Kitchen's (And So They Build) illustrations, a series of beautifully detailed watercolor and gouache scenes, make full use of the book's oversize format. The problem lies in the fact that the fables do not conclude with a moral. Instead of ending with the expected bang, each of the parables concludes with a mini sidebar that contains a tidbit of information about ancient Greece, the culture in which Aesop lived. It's a good bet most readers would rather see "Slow and steady wins the race" at the end of the tale of the tortoise and the hare than find the name of Aesop's master and speculation about how Aesop might have befriended one of his fellow slaves. Like a symphony that ends on an unresolved chord, the omission will likely leave readers feeling dissatisfied and may result in this otherwise splendid picture book gathering dust on the shelf. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • /* Starred Review */ Grandly posed, with every whisker and hair not only in place but distinctly visible, Kitchen's noble, masterfully realistic animals make this far and away the most sumptuous "Aesop" in years. Surprisingly, the supple informality with which Orgel retells the 12 fables—"In a jiffy Hare was more than halfway there. 'I'll take a little nap,' he thought, and stretched out in the sun"—enhances, and is enhanced by, the illustrations, instead of warring with them. Rather than spell out the morals (they're clear enough anyway), Orgel adds to every spread a brief, boxed gloss on Aesop's life and times. As in his When Hunger Calls (1994), Kitchen alludes to violent ends rather than depicting them directly; here the stooping eagle is suspended inches from the oblivious, boastful cock, for instance, and the calm wolf gazes ironically up from the page as the shepherd boy vainly yells for help. Not all of Orgel's selections end so badly, but all contain some trenchant, unmistakable message, and in an introduction pitched to young readers, she explains why these fables are still worth reading: they're "surprising, wonderfully short, and fun. Moreover, what they mean is just as wise and true today as it was back then." A story collection that amply repays revisits. (Folk tales. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2000)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
096398
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1929-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Orgel, Doris
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 4
Reading level
3.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Aesop
  • Kitchen, Bert
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fables
  • Folklore
Target audience
primary
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
and other Aesop's fables
Label
The lion and the mouse : and other Aesop's fables, retold by Doris Orgel ; illustrated by Bert Kitchen
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
386122
Dimensions
32 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780789426659
Lccn
00035894
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780789426659
  • (Sirsi) ABY-8037
Label
The lion and the mouse : and other Aesop's fables, retold by Doris Orgel ; illustrated by Bert Kitchen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
386122
Dimensions
32 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780789426659
Lccn
00035894
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780789426659
  • (Sirsi) ABY-8037

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